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Comedy Film Festival Returns

Date posted: 21.01.2013

Following a successful launch, last year, LOCO London returns with an exciting new programme to BFI Southbank, Hackney Picturehouse, The Lexi Cinema and The Ritzy in Brixton from 24-27 January. LOCO features great comedic UK and London premieres, as well as a two-day Kickstart Your Comedy Career course and a special focus on Women in Comedy and Far Eastern comedy.

LOCO London is supported by Film London's Cultural Film Exhibition Fund, which encourages a rich and diverse range of film programming across London through National Lottery funding on behalf of the BFI.

"The remarkable variety of this year's LOCO LONDON programme is only possible because of our support from Film London's Cultural Film Exhibition Fund, which has enabled us to work with some of Britain's leading authorities on Far Eastern, European and artists' moving image film," says Jonathan Wakeham, co-founder and programmer of LOCO LONDON. "We have also been able to invest in training our own team, so that LOCO can continue to increase both the variety of our programming and the diversity of our audience as we move forward with our five-year development plan. Film London has a small team with a huge job, and their intelligence, help and advice have been invaluable."

LOCO will open on 24 January with A Liar's Autobiography, the highly acclaimed 3D animated biography of Monty Python star Graham Chapman. The screening will be followed by What Have The Pythons Ever Given Us? - a discussion of Monty Python's influence on today's leading comedy film-makers.

The festival hosts a number of UK and London premieres, including I Give It A Year, the new romantic comedy from Borat co-writer Dan Mazer, Klown, the top-grossing homegrown film of the year in Denmark and Le Skylab, a French family comedy from Julie Delpy.

For family audiences, a 50th anniversary screening of The Pink Panther is followed by School of Slapstick, where children can dress up as Inspector Clouseau, learn the secrets of slapstick comedy and hunt for the missing Pink Panther diamond.

The festival's screening programme is complemented by Kickstart Your Comedy Career, a two-day course for the next generation of British-based comedy film-makers.

Two key themes will be highlighted in this year's LOCO: Women in Comedy, including Working Women, a day-long celebration of funny female characters on screen; and Funny Far East, an evening of contemporary Asian cinema at Hackney Picturehouse.

Tickets, contact information and full programme listings are available via the LOCO website.

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